A ban from world football’s ruling body on international players wearing poppies has been condemned as “utterly outrageous” by Theresa May.The Prime Minister sharply criticised the Fifa edict as she defended players’ rights to wear the remembrance symbols on shirts or armbands when England meet Scotland at Wembley on Armistice Day.Fifa has turned down a request to wear poppies, ruling that teams may not display political, religious or commercial symbols on their kit. Fifa has said players cannot wear poppies because they are forbidden from displaying political symbolsCredit:Hannah McKay/PA In a direct message to world football’s governing body, which has been plagued by corruption allegations, she said: “Before they start telling us what to do, they jolly well ought to sort their own house out.”Damian Collins, chairman of the Commons Sports Committee said Fifa’s decision was an insult to British people.He said: “Someone has shared with me on social media an Ireland football shirt that has a special embroidery on marking the centenary of the Easter Rising. Fifa allow that, so I think people will find it astonishing that the poppy’s not allowed.”John Whittingdale, a former culture, media, and sport secretary, suggested the two home nations should defy Fifa and risk a potential points deduction.He told the BBC: “For [Fifa] to try and brand the poppy as a political symbol shows a total misunderstanding, and I think there are a number of reasons why we are already profoundly unhappy with Fifa’s behaviour and conduct and this adds to that list.”Asked if the teams should risk a points loss, Mr Whittingdale replied: “Yes.”A motion has been lodged at the Scottish Parliament calling for the ban to be scrapped.Maurice Golden, a Conservative MSP, said: “Fifa should overturn this bizarre decision immediately. The fans, players and football associations on both sides of the border want to be able to wear the poppy with pride.”In 2011, Fifa eventually backed down after threatening to ban the England team from wearing poppies in a friendly against Spain, allowing them to display the symbol on black armbands. Mrs May told MPs during Prime Minister’s questions: “I think the stance that has been taken by Fifa is utterly outrageous.”Our football players want to recognise and respect those who have given their lives for our safety and security. I think it is absolutely right that they should be able to do so.”She said it was a matter for the English and Scottish Football Associations, but there was a “clear message” from the House of Commons that “we want our players to be able to wear those poppies”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.